Postgrad.Dip. Anthropology

  • On Campus
  • 9 months
  • GBP12850 per Year (International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

    GBP5130 per Year (EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

  • English ( Take IELTS test or Find a course )
Oxford Brookes University | Oxford, United Kingdom
Oxford Brookes University is one of very few UK universities where social and biological anthropology are taught alongside each other. This Anthropology course emphasises the holistic and comparative breadth of anthropology - studying humans from a variety of social, cultural, biological and evolutionary perspectives.



This Anthropology course from Oxford Brookes University emphasises the holistic and comparative breadth of anthropology - studying humans from a variety of social, cultural, biological and evolutionary perspectives.

Why choose this course?
  • We are one of the few universities in the UK to teach social and biological anthropology side by side.
  • You get opportunities to work alongside leading, research-active academics such as Professor Anna Nekaris, Professor Jeremy McClancy and Professor Kate Hill.
  • There are excellent learning resources, both at Oxford Brookes and at Oxford’s museums and libraries including the Bodleian Library, the Radcliffe Science Library, the Pitt Rivers Museum and the Museum of Natural History.
  • We have a dynamic community of research scholars undertaking internationally recognised and world-leading research.
  • The course flexibility in module choices enables students to follow their particular interests.
  • There is the option to join MSc students on a field trip to Apenhuel Primate Park in the Netherlands.
  • The Graduate Diploma in Anthropology enables graduates from other disciplines, and those with equivalent qualifications or work experience, to gain a qualification in anthropology at advanced undergraduate level.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline As early as possible
Tuition fee
  • GBP 12850 per year (International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

  • GBP 5130 per year (EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

  • Home / EU full-time on-campus fee: £5,130
  • Home / EU part-time on-campus fee: £2,620
  • International full-time on-campus fee: £12,850
Start date , January 2017
Credits (ECTS) 90 ECTS
Duration full-time 9 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time
Intensity Flexible
Duration part-time 18 months

Course Content

Compulsory Modules

One of:
  • The Study of Biological Anthropology - an introductory module that examines key issues in understanding humans and other primates within the context of biological evolution. It builds an awareness of evolutionary principles and considers the similarities and contrasts between humans and other primates, and their significance for human adaptive success.
  • The Study of Social Anthropology - an introduction to the history and practice of social anthropology as a basis for more advanced study in the field, providing an overview of the key theoretical approaches and concepts created by anthropologists over the last 30 years.
And one of:
  • The Study of Social Anthropology Theory - The emergence of social and cultural anthropology as a separate discipline is examined by reference to key works by leading contributors to the development of anthropological theory.
  • The Study of Methods and Analysis in Biological Anthropology introduces the methods and analysis used across several fields of biological anthropology. In addition to learning the main concepts of the scientific method and hypothesis testing, students will be introduced to the basic methods of several biological anthropological sub-disciplines including: morphometric analyses (including human diversity, forensics, and skeletal analyses), behavioural observation techniques, population genetics, and evolutionary systematics. Analytical techniques will be introduced in preparation for future research.
Acceptable optional modules include:
  • The Study of Anthropology of Art
  • The Study of Anthropology of Ritual
  • The Study of European Societies
  • The Study of South Asian Ethnography
  • The Study of Work and the Japanese
  • The Study of Personhood, Gender and the Body in Contemporary Japan
  • The Study of Humans and Other Primates
  • The Study of Primate Societies
  • The Study of Human EcologyHuman Resource Ecology
  • The Study of Research Methods in Social Anthropology
  • The Study of Human Evolutionary Biology and Geography
  • Applied Anthropology
  • Minorities and Marginality, Class and Conflict in Japan
  • Palaeopathology
  • Dawn of Civilisation
  • Advanced Topics in Social Anthropology
  • Hunter Gatherer Ecology
  • People and Other Animals
  • Cognitive Evolution
  • Anthropology Independent Study

English Language Requirements


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An undergraduate degree or equivalent qualification is required. However, all applications are considered on their merits and we will consider applicants who do not meet the required level, if they can demonstrate through qualifications or experience, they have the knowledge, capabilities and commitment necessary.

English requirements for visas

If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the university's requirements.

International applications
  • Preparation courses for International and EU students

We offer a range of courses to help you to meet the entry requirements for this course and also familiarise you with university life. You may also be able to apply for one student visa to cover both courses.

  • Take our Pre-Master's course to help you to meet both the English language and academic entry requirements for your master's course.
  • If you need to improve your English language, we have pre-sessional English language courses available to help you to meet the English language requirements of your chosen master’s.

If you are studying outside the UK, for more details about your specific country entry requirements, translated information, local contacts and programmes within your country, please have a look at our country pages.

How to apply

Applications for the Graduate Diploma in Anthropology should be made direct to the University.

The check list of items required for application is as follows:

  • Application form, fully completed and signed
  • A personal statement (section 10 of application form)
  • One recent academic reference
  • Second reference (academic, employer or character reference)
  • Copy of degree certificate(s) and/or course transcripts
  • English Language Certificate
  • Completed checklist.

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

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